"Some sounds used on this album were generated using EEG brainwave sampling over the span of two weeks, from August 17th until August 24th 2009. During several self-induced Ganzfeld states, spectral measurements of my brain's electrical activity were taken and subsequently converted into audio files using Image Line FL Studio Beep Map. The audio files were further edited and arranged in Ableton Live 8 each day within 30 minutes of being awake, resulting in this album." -Donald Baynes, aka FSK1138
November 10, 2009 Subject:
review from Disquiet
A lot of electronically mediated music and sound is described as “brainy,” usually with the term employed to suggest (or perhaps cover) dismissive intent. The word, though not the negative connotation, applies fully to Ganzfeld State by FSK1138, aka musician Donald Baynes. To record the lightly rhythmic works, Baynes used electroencephalography to map his own brainwaves back in August, and then used that data as the basis for the album’s sound. Some of the tracks add in vocal samples, among them an opening remix (a “Roshak Edit” of a song titled “Beneath Me,” which features a voice over from the Watchmen movie adaptation) and a track titled “I See Calculus,” in which the phrase is spoken over the electronica equivalent of an old radiator spewing metallic rhythms and hiss.
The standout track may be “Hushed,” which dispenses with the verbal toying and puts all its eggs in a fragile basket true to its title, a lightly flanged whir over the tribal beats of dust mites.